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Suspect accused of abducting a minor released on bail by Supreme court

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A suspect facing 48 charges including rape and abducting a minor has been released on bail by the supreme court after apparent policing errors.

The supreme court reversed a lower court decision to detain the man until his trial on January 18, seemingly placing responsibility on the police for not investigating accusations made by a minor. The suspect could therefore not be linked to the claims, the court argued.

The minor reportedly complained to the police that an unknown person claiming to be named Sabrina began messaging her and insisting that the complaints against the suspect be withdrawn.

Politis reported that Sabrina said she was a contact of the suspect and asked to meet the minor in person and discuss the issues urgently, but in another message appeared to threaten the minor – “if you don’t withdraw your complaint against him… then we’ll speak in other ways”.

The youngster said she knew no person named Sabrina and a search online revealed no further information.

The supreme court found that the police took no action to investigate the incident and therefore the allegations against Sabrina cannot be adequately linked to the suspect.

The court therefore overturned the lower court’s decisions to keep the man in custody, instead releasing him on €10,000 bail and imposing a 300 metre restraining order between the suspect and the accuser.

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